This brilliant blue gouache is a study for a painting of the Gandy Bridge. In this pared down sketch, Crawford captured the rushing perspective of the bridge, with vertical white supports that lend a rhythmic progression as it disappears into blue that serves as both sea and sky. The original span, which connected Tampa to St. Petersburg, Florida, was built in 1924 and dismantled in 1975.
Crawford created the related painting St. Petersburg to Tampa the year before completing the study, illustrating the often-nonlinear progression of his artistic process. St. Petersburg to Tampa, 1938, is in the collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
Estate of the Artist;
By descent to the Artist’s son, Neelon Crawford, Wyoming;
[Owings-Dewey Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM];
New York. Salander-O’Reilly Galleries. Ralston Crawford. May 2001.
New York. Salander-O’Reilly Galleries. Ralston Crawford: Works on Paper. June 2007, cat. no. 1.
Agee, William C. and Lewis Kachur. Masterpieces of American Modernism: From the Vilcek Collection. London: Merrell, 2013, pp. 224-225, 262, ill. p. 225.